Tom Sykes says the disappointing results from his home round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone were as a result of him being unwilling to risk another DNF in difficult conditions.
The Kawasaki rider, who started in fifth position, was in contention for the lead during the early stages of both races but would slip back on each occasion when drizzle at different points of the circuit threw a curve ball.
Admitting to allowing his championship challenge to enter his mind, a cautious Sykes would come away with 11th and seventh place finishes, behind main rival Sylvain Guintoli on both occasions. As such, Sykes has slipped from four to 13 points behind the Aprilia rider.
“Race two was similar to race one and today in these weather conditions it was always going to be a difficult one,” he said. “I was not prepared to put too much on the line in these kinds of conditions - slick tyres, rain falling - and that is just the way it is. I was not prepared to gamble too much and we saw how easy it was for people to crash, so taking some points is better than taking none.
“I do not like thinking about the championship but I was maybe forced to think a little bit about it in race two. We have not given away too much to the championship leader. We struggled a little bit in the beginning of race two as the rear tyre did not feel as strong as in race one but I know the Ninja ZX-10R is working well.
“Congratulations to Loris on his win and after the summer break we will move on and see what we can do at some circuits we should do well at.”